Best Orange Chicken at Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Café

Epcot's Hidden Gem – China’s Lotus Blossom Café

When we’re in the mood for a quick lunch at Epcot, the Lotus Blossom Café is our first choice.

We love the Orange Chicken with fried rice there, and also the pot stickers. It has lots of covered seating so it’s fun to people watch while having lunch.

Orange Chicken Blossom Cafe

Try the Orange Chicken – it’s delicious!

We always see Mulan when we’re there and there’s never a line to see her.

Mulan Epcot China

Mulan is one of the nicest characters at Epcot!

lotus blossom cafeMenu (October 2018)

Appetizers
Potstickers $5.25
Egg rolls $3.99

Entrees
#1 Orange Chicken – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#2 Beef Noodle Soup Bowl – Beef noodle soup bowl. – $10.95
#3 Shrimp Fried Rice – Served with an egg roll. – $10.49
#4 Vegetarian Stir Fry – Served with steamed rice. – $10.49
#6 Sesame Chicken Salad – Sesame chicken salad. – $9.99

Kids Meals
Sweet and Sour Chicken. – $7.95
Pot Stickers and Spring Rolls. – $7.95

Red Lychee

Red Lychee fruit…it’s sweet!

Desserts
Choice of Caramel-Ginger or Lychee ice cream. – $3.50

Drinks
Smoothies – Choice of mango or strawberry. – $4.65
Cold Drinks – Choose from Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Nestea, and Fanta orange soda. Regular $2.99 or Large $3.29. Dasani Bottled Water $2.75, Bottled green tea or oolong tea (no sugar added) $4.25, Peach oolong tea $4.25, Orange juice $2.59, and Milk (regular, low fat, or chocolate) $1.99
Hot Beverages – Chinese Hot Tea, Nescafe coffee, or Nestle hot cocoa. – $2.29
Beer & Wine – Tiger Draft Beer $7.50, Plum Wine $4.99, and Tsing Tao bottled beer $6.95

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Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion – Lots of seating!

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Share the Magic: You Got Accepted to the Spring 2019 Disney College Program!

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– OR –

accepted2 (2)Have you recently been accepted to the Disney College Program for Spring 2019?

Congratulations!

We’re guessing you’ll want to share the good news about your upcoming DCP adventure at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort.

Spread your excitement on social media with a new Facebook cover photo, Facebook frame, or Instagram Story photo.

Load a magical reminder on your phone of the excitement that awaits you with these new background images!

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– OR –

accepted 4 (2)How to set your Facebook frame:

Go to https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes

Search for “Disney College Program”

Click “Use as Profile Picture” to save

How to download your Facebook cover photo, Instagram Story photo and phone background image:

Right click and choose “Save Image As” to save to your desktop. If you’re on a mobile phone, press the image and hold, until the screen comes up that says “Save Image.”

For the Instagram Story photo, write a caption for your polaroid and let us now where you’ll be working during your program!

Read more here:  https://disneyprogramsblog.com/share-the-magic-you-got-accepted-for-spring-2019/

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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dak tree costume

Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

 

Seeing Disney in the Clouds

Looks like a Mickey to me!

Looks like a Hidden Mickey to me! We call this “Walt watching over WDW.”  Taken over Fantasyland last summer.

Florida has some of the best clouds for playing “I see a Disney character in that cloud”!

How many Disney characters have you seen in the clouds???

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October 2017: Tinkerbell appearing over MK at sunset.

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Hidden Mickey right over Epcot!!!

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I took this Hidden Mickey in January 2018 walking into MK.

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All Good Dogs Go To Heaven

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A puffy Mickey cloud

Simba

Simba Cloud

Winnie the Pooh and his hunny pot

Winnie the Pooh and his hunny pot.  (I took this one at sunset last month.)

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Mrs. Jumbo

Mrs. Jumbo

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Baby Dumbo flying

Baby Dumbo flying

Baby Dumbo

Baby Dumbo

Mickey cloud over Epcot

Mickey cloud over Epcot UK Pavilion last November during the Food & Wine Festival.

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This one reminds me of the Lion King. Taken by the DCP apartments.

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Caroline had these kissing Simba and Nala stuffed animals when she was little!

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Baloo!

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Of course, not everyone appreciates the clouds as Clouds in Florida = Rain!

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What does this cloud look like to you??? Jan 2018

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And there’s the daily skywriting happening over MK in the sky too!

What did you see in the clouds over Disney World today???

Which characters did you see in the clouds over Disney World today???

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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car DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

WDW Parking Fees Increase to $25 a Day on 10/16/2018

Expect traffic into DHS to be bad.

Welcome to Walt Disney World parking

BREAKING NEWS!:  For the second time this year, Disney World has raised their parking fees.  The new parking fees at theme parks effective today, October 16, 2018.

  • Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – Now $50 per day, up from $45
  • Standard parking: car or motorcycle – Now $25 per day, up from $22
  • Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – Now $30 per day, up from $27

Registered Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, select Annual Passholders, Premium Passholders and Disney Premier Passport holders continue to receive complimentary standard self-parking at Disney theme parks.

New WDW Resort Parking Fees Announced 3/14/18:

Starting March 21, 2018, guests staying at onsite at WDW resorts will have to pay to park their car overnight.

Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night

Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night

Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas: $24 per night

Valet parking Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas: $33 per night

Disney Vacation Club Members:  No charge when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa property

Universal Studios Orlando:

And, no surprise here, expect Universal Studios Orlando to raise their parking fees this week too!   Universal Parking Fees

Disney has the best fireworks shows in the world!

Fireworks over the Cinderella Castle

Rumor has it that Disney uses the revenue from all their parking lots to help cover the cost of the fireworks. So, when you pay for parking, you’re really paying for the evening’s fireworks show.  Be sure to stay for the fireworks and not leave the parks early!!

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The new fireworks show ‘Happily Ever After’ debuted summer 2017 at the Magic Kingdom.

With the new high def  ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show that launched last summer, it’s no surprise that car parking has now gone up to $25/day.

New ‘Happily Ever After’ fireworks show

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We love the new fireworks show!!

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Onsite parking fees for resort guests.

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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car DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

 

Visiting Disney World During the Slow Season

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Mid-January 2018…and it’s off season: It’s 9am and hardly anyone here!  Sunny and 70 degrees.

When you think of a Disney World vacation, you might immediately think about huge crowds, hot rainy weather, and high prices. That makes sense. That is the typical summertime Disney experience that guests experience.

However, it isn’t like that all the time. Disney World is so much more fun during the “Slow” aka “Off” Season!

When is the “Slow Season” at Disney World?
While there are no official definitions, most people say that there are generally three slow seasons at Disney World, which mostly take place when kids are in school:

January to mid-March (after the Christmas and New Year’s rush, but before the spring break rush)
After Easter until mid-May (before school gets out for the summer)
Labor Day to mid-November (before the Thanksgiving rush begins)

That being said, Disney is getting better and better about increasing the crowds during the slow seasons. They run , the Walt Disney World Marathon in January, The International Arts Festival at Epcot Jan-Feb., the International Flower and Garden Festival in March-May, the Expedition Everest Challenge in May, and the extended Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in August-November now.

See how these events and festivals line up with the slow seasons to bring in more people?

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January 2018:  We needed jackets at Epcot.  It was very cool all week.

What are the benefits of going to Disney World during the Slow Season?

1 – Weather
Unless you live in the topics, Florida will probably be warmer than your home town in the winter months. Usually the winter weather in Florida is really nice. It may be cool in the early morning and evening, but it typically warms up during the day into the 70s when the sun comes out.

However, Central Florida has a sub-tropical climate, not a tropical climate. That means in can get cool, and there are occasionally even a few days in the dead of winter (usually towards the end of January) when it comes close to freezing (32 degrees) overnight. In the end, you might have to wear a hat and gloves, at least during certain parts of certain days.

hotBut, you won’t be melting under a broiling sun in 90+ temps! And, it’s the dry season, so it’s much less likely to rain and there are rarely thunderstorms.  In the summer months, June-August, you can expect afternoon thunderstorms every day!

2 – Slower Pace
When crowds are smaller, they also tend to move more slowly. You might experience a somewhat laid-back vibe with less energy and hustle. You might have to accept a less energized environment.

But, you are much less likely to have to listen to over-stimulated crying children in the evening. The parades and firework shows are all earlier in the evening. It gets darker earlier, so all the evening activities start earlier, typically around 6pm. As the parks close earlier, there’s no feeling of having to stay until midnight to see it all.

3 – Shorter Operating Hours
During the slow times of the year, the parks may close much earlier than you would expect. Some parks, especially Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will close as early at 6pm. In addition, Disney generally tends to schedule refurbishments during the slower seasons. You might find that some of your favorite attractions are down for repairs.

It might also be too cool to visit either of the water parks (Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach) and they close if the daytime forecast is for temps below 65 degrees.

That’s the downside.

The upside is that the lines for attractions will generally be much shorter so that you can see and do more even when the parks are open for fewer hours.

You probably won’t need FastPasses, or if you do want them, they won’t be all gone by 10am like they are in the summer.

You will probably have a much easier time getting Advanced Dining Reservations. You might even be able to walk into some table service restaurants without a reservation at all, if you can imagine that! (Totally impossible in the summertime!)

Plus, the prices for everything from air fare to hotels to car rentals to Disney menu prices are all significantly lower in the off season. It might mean you can spend a few extra days at Disney World or buy a few more Disney gifts!  🙂

The Best Times to Visit Disney World 2019 are:

Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year’s Day and the days around MLK Day, Jan 21st)

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Monday, Feb 18th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 21st)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 27th)

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 2nd); weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 14th)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28th)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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Easter Week 2018, 8am: Guests pouring into MK and struggling to get down Main Street USA.  Bad, bad, bad!  😦

The Worst Times to Visit Disney World in 2019:  Listen Up People!!!

MLK weekend: Jan. 19 – 21, 2019

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 16 – Feb. 18, 2019

Spring Break : March 9 – March 31, 2019

Easter Weeks:  April 13 – April 28, 2019

Memorial Day weekend:  May 25 – 27, 2019

Week around June 30th:  New Star Wars Land opens at DHS

Summer: June 8 – August 31, 2019

4th of July week:  June 30 – July 7, 2019

Labor Day weekend: August 31 – Sept. 2, 2019

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 12 – Oct. 14, 2019

Halloween week: Oct. 27 – Nov. 3, 2019

Veteran’s Day weekend: Nov. 9 – Nov. 11, 2019

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – Dec. 1, 2019

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 21, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

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Spring Break 2018: Fantasyland is packed. Extremely long wait times for all rides.

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Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt at Epcot

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There’s a hidden Remy outside at each country.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt is going on right now around the World Showcase during the 2018 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

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Maps are $6.99 and you’ll get a free LE pin.

The treasure maps for the Remy’s hunt cost $6.99.  For that, you’ll receive a map and a sheet of stickers. The stickers are pictures of Remy with various food items.

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Hi Remy! Found you!!!

You follow the map and find Remy in each country. He’ll be with one of the sticker items like a zucchini, so you’ll peel off that sticker and place it in the circle on the map.

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And the answer is….the France Pavilion!

When you’re finished, take your map back to the shop and you get your choice of a 2018 limited edition Remy pin.

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Don’t forget to pick up your LE pin! (You get to keep your treasure map.)

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We can’t wait until this new ride comes to the France Pavilion in 2020! It’s hugely popular at Disneyland Paris!!

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Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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The Wonderful Smells at Disney World

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to the sweet smelling Walt Disney World!

If you’re a cast member working at Disney World, or a frequent guest of the parks, you know what people mean when they talk about that “Disney Smell”.

Orlando, Florida!

Welcome to Orlando, Florida!

1. The Smell of Florida
It actually starts when you arrive at Orlando airport and walk outside for the first time.  Florida smells like Florida…it has a sweetly fragrant scent due to all the blooming flowers and trees.  Many returning tourists pause for a moment when they walk outside the terminal and just take a deep breath of sweet Florida air.  Ahhh, breathe it in…

Even more special, there is just something about the way the all the parks, attractions and Disney resorts smell…all so good! Long ago, Disney realized that if the parks smelled good and unique, you’d remember it long after your vacation was over. And, more importantly, you’ll remember how good you felt at the time.

Did you know that Disney World pumps irresistible scents onto its lobbies and streets to entice park goers? There are strategically placed devices called “smellitizers” dispersed throughout the resort and they emit pleasing scents throughout the day and night.

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Best Disney Smells!

Ask any cast member to name where a particular scent is associated with and we can all pass this test with flying colors!

2. The Smell of the Water Rides

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Guests say that you could line up bottles of water with scents from the fog from Pirates of the Caribbean, the indoor water rides (It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain, the Three Caberos ride), and the Kali River Rapids, and they could correctly associate the water’s scent with the attraction.  And, they would be right.

3. The Smell of the Disney Resort Lobbies

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

This is not a hard one at all.  In fact, the fragrances are so specific that you can actually buy candles online with the scent of each resort.  For example, the Polynesian Resort lobby smells vaguely “Hawaiian” with floral and wood notes.  The Yacht and Beach Club smells of “seashore”, but not in a bad way, more like a fresh salty sea breeze.

The Grand Floridian lobby smells of “rich money” to me, except when the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is up in the lobby during the holidays.  Then, of course, it smells strongly of freshly-baked gingerbread.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

When the Gingerbread House goes up at the GF every November, the whole Grand Atrium smells like gingerbread cookies!

4. The Spa Scent of Disney Resort Soaps and Toiletries

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Disney Resort toiletries smell wonderful!

If you’ve stayed at any of the properties onsite, you know this scent!  I call this smell “rich spa”.  It’s so wonderful a scent that guests often pause while washing their hands and just smell the fragrant bubbles.

4. The Smell of Caramel Popcorn Cooking at Karamell Kuche in Epcot Germany

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Making a fresh batch of warm caramel popcorn.

My ICP friend from Germany worked in this sweet shop making the caramel popcorn with Werther’s Original Caramels all day.  In fact, he was kind enough to share the secret recipe with me. (Of course, the recipe makes a huge batch!)

On one of my last days at the DCP program, I stopped in to say good-bye to him and him made a Magical Moment for me by bagging up a small bag of caramel popcorn that he had just finished making.  It was delicious!

Every time I smell the caramel on my Starbucks caramel latte, I always think of him and the sweet Karamell Kuche shop at Epcot.

5.  The Special Holiday Parade Scents

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer on Main Street USA with the delicious scent of baking sugar cookies filling the air during the holidays!

If you’ve ever had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall, you know that the ‘Boo To You’ parade smells just like candy corn.

And, if you’ve been on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holidays, you’ve noticed the smell of sugar cookies baking and also the scent of peppermint candy canes is in the air!

6.  The Scent of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Sniff, sniff….Tarzan likes the smell of my sunscreen!

The number one smell that I associate with DAK is probably not the one you’re thinking of!  No, it’s not the smell of animals and animal manure!

After working at DAK through every season now, I would have to say that the smell I most associate with my workplace is: sunscreen!

Working at the front of DAK, it seems like every guest that gets off the trams coming in from the parking lots pauses and literally hoses down themselves and their children with sunscreen.  And, not just the lotion kind that comes in bottles.  Over the past few years, aerosol spray sunscreen has become very popular.  They spray clouds of it in the air like it’s free!

By 9am every day, the vaguely coconut smell of sunscreen fills the plaza in front of the entrance turnstiles.  It’s a smell I’ll always associate with DAK! 🙂

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Spending my day off back at the Animal Kingdom.  Yes, I’m wearing my coconut scented SPF 50 sunscreen!

7. The Smell of Burning Wood

Ahhh...the smell of Rome burning...

Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

That would be the smoky smell of burning embers from the Rome burning diorama while riding Spaceship Earth.  Just before that scene, as you’re loading onto the ride, you smell the smoldering ashes from cave-dwelling prehistoric man discovering fire.

8.  Fresh Grass Scent on Soarin’ Around the World

As you soar over elephants on the African Savanna, you’ll smell fresh grass as an elephant throws dirt into the air.  There’s lots of new scents on this ride.

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Another scene from the new Soarin’ Around the World.

9.  Popcorn!

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Yum!

We love the smell of popcorn and Disney makes a ton of it at the Magic Kingdom.

And, finally, a smell that is no more and that we miss a lot….

10. The Smell of Oranges on Soarin’

Flying high over the orange groves.

Flying high over the orange groves.  You could feel the wind in your face and smell the scent of oranges from the orange groves below.

While flying high above orange groves in Soarin’, you were surrounded by the smell of freshly squeezed oranges.  It was the scent we most identified with Disney World!  We miss it!

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Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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